Major investment into world-class research means that we have an impressive range of facilities and test-beds, including several buildings and centres dedicated to energy innovation.
Energy research is multi-disciplinary and takes place in numerous locations across the whole of the University, however, two buildings on the Jubilee Campus are solely dedicated to energy research, the Energy Technologies Building and the Research Acceleration and Demonstration Building. These exemplar facilities support researchers and business partners in their work to help find new solutions to the energy challenges faced by industry and society.
Buildings and Labs
Energy Technologies Building
The Energy Technologies Building is a base for applied research and contains our FlexElec Laboratory which is a versatile microgrid facility for research and commercial testing of smart grid technologies, and a large Climate Chamber to test the efficiency of equipment and technology in replicated climatic conditions. The building itself minimises demand for heating, cooling lighting and ventilation and meets the BREEAM outstanding sustainability standard, putting it in the top 1% of UK non-residential buildings.
Research Acceleration and Demonstration Building
The new Research Acceleration and Demonstration Building houses a range of new equipment and facilities and is home to research into the harvesting and storage of wind energy and the development of new materials for hydrogen generation, storage and use. The building itself is designed to meet both Passivhaus and BREEAM energy efficiency standards and boasts an impressive four storey green wall, pictured. The Research Acceleration and Demonstration Building is a key project of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), a Government backed initiative designed to tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK.
Specialist Test Beds and Demonstrators
Creative Energy Homes
The Creative Energy Homes is a seven-house development, providing a living test-site for micro-smart grids, energy storage, demand-side management and occupants' acceptance of innovative technologies.
Find out more about the Creative Energy Homes
Trent Basin Community Energy
The Trent Basin community energy project, known as Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks), is Europe's second largest regeneration scheme and will be a 240 home community Energy Demonstrator. It utilises smart grid and energy management technologies for the benefit of the community.
Find out more about the Trent Basin project
The Sensible Project
Led by Siemens in Germany, the project titled Storage Enabled Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Communities (SENSIBLE) aims to address the issues surrounding energy storage, both thermal and electrical, in homes and communities. We are working closely with the local Meadows community in order to integrate energy storage solutions with a specific focus on the socio-economic benefits to be gained.
Find out more about the Sensible project
GeoEnergy Multi-Borehole Array
This facility, based at the Sutton Bonington campus, consists of an array of boreholes which are fully instrumented with surface and down-hole sensors. This enables the development and testing of innovative monitoring technologies for geoenergy sectors including CO2 storage and unconventional hydrocarbon production. It features above and below ground sensor networks, on-site laboratories and big data storage.
Find out more about the GeoEnergy testbed